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    I was wondering about this on my old Snells. They are a sort of black ash finish and being so old they now look crap. Would love to get them restored but I am wary of ruining the finish that is on them now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Rustins water based satin varnish, followed by wax is what I use every time. My veneering looks like factory finish.
    Thanks for the cracking replies as usual.

    Would tne rustins be this one -

    Rustins AVSC1000 1L Quick Dry Varnish - Satin Clear https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003UGIV..._kRfEAb50M79Z9

    Which wax would you reccomend?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    ...Mind you, I'm good at this, I used to restore furniture.
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    Here's the finish I got on the KEFs.

    Yes, that's a great finish, it's clear that you are indeed good at this.
    I hope the OP's lack of experience doesn't prove too much of a handicap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philv View Post
    Thanks for the cracking replies as usual.

    Would tne rustins be this one -

    Rustins AVSC1000 1L Quick Dry Varnish - Satin Clear https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003UGIV..._kRfEAb50M79Z9

    Which wax would you reccomend?

    Thanks
    Yes. That's the one. It's water based and dries very quickly. A further coat can be applied after about an hour if need be. It is also available in various shades too if wanted. Just use a lint free pad to apply. I use household wipes, their being damp does not matter. Apply thin coats. Any that goes over edges can be wiped off with a finger (well that's what I do ).

    This is the wax I use: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiddes-Me...8AAOSwA4dWIj~1 It is also available in various shades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crackles View Post
    I was wondering about this on my old Snells. They are a sort of black ash finish and being so old they now look crap. Would love to get them restored but I am wary of ruining the finish that is on them now.
    Why not experiment on the bottom of one cabinet?

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    got fiddes wax too. nice stuff. shellac does a similar job to varnish, although dries very quick so you only get one wipe
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Why not experiment on the bottom of one cabinet?
    Good idea. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use with a black finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Yes. That's the one. It's water based and dries very quickly. A further coat can be applied after about an hour if need be. It is also available in various shades too if wanted. Just use a lint free pad to apply. I use household wipes, their being damp does not matter. Apply thin coats. Any that goes over edges can be wiped off with a finger (well that's what I do ).

    This is the wax I use: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiddes-Me...8AAOSwA4dWIj~1 It is also available in various shades.
    Thanks again.
    That’s very interesting about the whipes.
    No brush marks and easier to get a thin even coat i imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crackles View Post
    Good idea. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use with a black finish?
    Sand the surface along the grain. Don't use coarse paper 'cos it'll leave marks. Just take your time with finer stuff. Take care sanding at edges, it's easy to go through the veneer there. Then try a coat of water based black suede shoe dye. Allow it to dry then if the finish looks even, bung some satin varnish on. I've done this and it works. Takes a little care and patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philv View Post
    That’s very interesting about the whipes. No brush marks and easier to get a thin even coat i imagine.
    Yup!

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